Suffering from vertigo is not a nice feeling at all. Some people describe or mistake it for just feeling dizzy and light-headed, but it’s much more than that. It will cause people to feel like the room is spinning, or that they are moving when they’re really not. It might also affect their balance and some of their senses. What a nightmare! There are many other symptoms to this condition, but they often depend on what is causing the vertigo.
Vertigo in itself can be a symptom, explains Everyday Health. There are a few different conditions that can cause it, but it’s often the result of issues with the inner ear. The most common is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (or BPPV), which develops as tiny calcium particles build up in the ear canals. WebMD notes it can also be caused by Meniere’s disease, which results when there is fluid pressure in the ear. And lastly, the other common cause is Vestibular neuritis, a viral infection of the inner ear nerves. All of these will create unbalance in the body, resulting in a wonky feeling that leaves their world spinning or tilted, and causes dizzy spells that come and go for about 20-seconds as the head changes positions.
Now that we know some of the common causes, let’s take a look at some of the most common symptoms of vertigo…
1. Distorted Balance
The primary symptom of vertigo is a feeling like the room is spinning, says WebMD. Patients also describe it as feeling like they are tilted or that they are swaying, which causes an unbalanced sensation that they are being pulled in one direction.
This distorted balance might also make it difficult for them to walk. This is known as ataxic gait, says UCSF Health. It can make it difficult for them to walk in a straight line or turn corners. They will often be quite clumsy and struggle with coordination. They might need to constantly be looking down in order to know where the ground is and need to hold onto something when standing, explains Veda.